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February 23, 2017

Does Incarcerating Youth Affect Their Health As Adults?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A new study by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) entitled, How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes? indicates that youth who are incarcerated have poor health outcomes as they mature into adults. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, most people would agree that “[t]he healthy development of all children is essential for a thriving and prosperous community.” The findings of the APA study provide support for the Juvenile Law Center’s Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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February 13, 2017

Access to Healthcare for Foster Youth: Why Medicaid to 26 Matters

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Medicaid to 26 is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which has allowed foster youth to stay insured after they leave care. It provides parity with other young people who have the option of staying on their parents’ plans until they are 26. This significant policy win has ensured that young people in vulnerable positions who need basic insurance and may experience health issues and/or disabilities have access to care.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care
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